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Think safety first when pumping pits

Although it’s not a common occurrence, even a few reports of flash fires and explosions in hog barns should serve as an good reminder that safety is paramount any time that liquid manure is being agitated and pumped from a holding pit. FULL STORY »

PEDv update: 5,500 cases confirmed across 30 states

According to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, last week, 257 more cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) were confirmed. FULL STORY »

Know young ag leaders? Nominate them for the 40 Under 40 award

For the men and women of the U.S. agricultural industry, producing an increasing amount of food, fiber and energy to meet growing global demands is just the tip of the ice berg. FULL STORY »

Corn planting behind average but progressing

Wet weather may have slowed farmers, but corn planting progress was made in a handful of the nation’s top corn-growing states. FULL STORY »

Crop markets rallied on Ukraine-Russian news Monday

Several factors boosted corn futures to start the week. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn Sunday night. FULL STORY »

In memoriam: Dr. James McKean

Dr. James McKean, a respected Iowa State University Swine Extension veterinarian and food safety researcher, passed away suddenly last week. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Putting a new roof on your finisher?

With profits returning to the hog industry, producers with older facilities are making plans for repairs this coming summer season. FULL STORY »

Final 2012 Census of Agriculture report to be released May 2

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2. FULL STORY »

Landscape 'transition zones' may influence where tornadoes strike

Areas where landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland may have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns, a Purdue University study says. FULL STORY »

Ukraine-Russia situation clearly supporting the crop markets

Several factors are boosting corn futures to start the week. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn Sunday night. FULL STORY »

Smithfield pork deal earns WH Group executives $600 million bonus

Two senior executives of China's biggest pork producer WH Group Ltd received a combined $600 million payout for helping the Chinese company seal last year's record $4.9 billion takeover of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods Inc, an unusually high incentive for an acquisition. FULL STORY »

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